Half-way thru' and now the scary-bit...

Trip Start Jul 30, 2010
Trip End May 29, 2011

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23 Hepburn Auckland
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Saturday, January 1, 2011

"Learning is not compulsory... neither is survival."
W. Edwards Deming

Well, we're half way thru' the trip. It's going too quickly, far too quickly.

By the time this blog is read we'll have left NZ and be in South America. Santiago,Chile to be precise albeit for one night. 

We left Auckland and New Zealand with a heavy heart having spent a brilliant time in this amazingly beautiful country. If the trip is going quickly then NZ has whizzed past. The 3wks in NZ which were nowhere near enough and it seems like only yesterday that we were greeted by friendly, smiling NZ immigration officials in Christchurch.

Two days in Auckland is also way too short a time to spend in such a splendid city, but two days was all we had. So, just as in KL some 5 months ago, we used a hop-on/hop-off bus to get us around the city and all the sites that public buses couldn't get us to easily. I should point out that Auckland's Link buses are also really good. 

Anyway, we had a excellent time in Auckland, trying to figure out which district we'd most like to move to, culminating in standing outside our B&B, a glass of bubbles (NZ not French!) in hand watching the fireworks go-off at the stroke of midnight.

Next stop will be the Spanish language school in Cusco, Peru where I'm really going to have to make a serious attempt at getting my head (and mouth) around the language. 

The thing about S.E. Asia is you can generally get away without learning the languages. Thais, Cambodians and so on don't expect a westerner to speak their languages - they're too difficult being tonal and with strange (to us) alphabets

That isn't the case in Latin America. English isn't widely spoken and quite rightly South Americans will expect visitors to speak (or at least try to speak) Spanish. Or Portuguese in Brazil. Wish me luck!

As at the quarter-mark this blog is really just an exercise in (re)posting some of my favourite pictures from the last quarter.

And before I forget: I wish you all a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year
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Premal on

Wishing both of you a wonderful year filled with life-changing discoveries and happiness.
Eagerly awaiting the next post in Spanish. ;-)

Andy Howell on

I find the Queen's English spoken slowly, loudly and backed up with pointing and a gun boat normally does the trick for these foreign types... All the best for 2011..

rudders on

Andy - That's Plan B. Minus the Gunboat. Had a chat with the PM about this and what with all the cuts and everything he said the best HM's Navy could offer would be an inflatable borrowed from the French with a couple of high-pressure water hoses.

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